Red-necked Phalaropes Bishop Creek

Observers: James, Kay, and Rosanne Wilson
Verification: MONO
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Date: 09/03/2008
Time: 11:14 PM -0400


On September 1st at one of the Schober Holes in the Sabrina drainage we observed 7 Red-necked Phalaropes at approximately 11,600 feet. They were feeding around the shore of the small lake. We watched them at a distance of 50 to 100 yards in the water, in the air, and on the rocks for about 2 hours. The wings were darker than the light underparts. Dark could be observed on the face and the back of the neck. The wings had a prominent white wing stripe visible when flying. The tail was dark in the center. This was on the 4th day of a 5 day pack trip, hence the late post. Also on 8-29 at Emerald lakes we observed 2 Green-wing Teal feeding in a very small muddy pond. This was at 10,500 feet elevation. Other noteworthy sightings were an abundance of Clark's Nutcrackers feeding on White-bark Pines, and Orange-crowned warblers at 11,000 feet. Not to mention huge wind.